Arsenal close in on Arteta, Everton confident of securing Ancelotti


Instead, two senior Arsenal officials: managing director Vinai Venkatesham and Huss Fahmy, director of football operations, drove to Arteta’s home in Manchester for talks that ended at 1.20am on Monday morning, with photographs later emerging of the pair leaving.

As The Telegraph reported, it was the second meeting that Arsenal had held with Arteta after Raul Sanllehi, the head of football, had spoken to him last week. It is understood that Arsenal have held talks with as many as eight candidates to replace Unai Emery with Arteta now emerging as first-choice moving in to the final round of recruiting a manager, his meeting with Kroenke.

If that goes well, Arteta should be confirmed in time for Saturday’s Premier League fixture away to Everton – another of his former clubs – and one who have also considering trying to hire him as their manager following the sacking of Marco Silva.

Meanwhile, Everton themselves remain hopeful that they can close a deal for Carlo Ancelotti to become their new manager.

Talks took place last week in Munich between representatives and will continue. Although Ancelotti is keen to return to the Premier League and is attracted by the idea of managing Everton, he wants to make sure the conditions are right following his sacking by Napoli.

Contrary to reports, Ancelotti was not in Merseyside on Monday, local time, and the Italian is pressing ahead with his plans to spend Christmas in Vancouver, where his wife is from and where he has previously spent time between jobs.

Ancelotti left Napoli, who are through to the last 16 of the Champions League, last week because of poor domestic form, but is still being paid by the club.

Carlo Ancelotti was sacked as Napoli manager earlier this month.Credit:Getty Images

If Everton bring in Ancelotti it will be a coup for the club given the 60-year-old’s stellar CV, having managed at AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

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The Telegraph understands that Ancelotti was not the only candidate whose representatives Everton have met in recent days. Intermediaries also held talks over the prospect of hiring Ralf Rangnick. The 61-year-old German has stepped away from coaching to work as head of sport and development for Red Bull, covering RB Leipzig, Red Bull Salzburg and New York Red Bulls.

Rangnick has been strongly linked to Everton twice – having been in the running to replace David Moyes in 2013, only to be overlooked for Roberto Martinez. Then in 2017 he was approached to -replace Ronald Koeman after Everton’s initial approach for Marco Silva, then at Watford, appeared to fail. At that time he told Everton he wanted to stay with Leipzig.

Since Vitor Pereira, who had emerged as Everton’s first choice, took himself out of the running last week, the club have also considered former Red Bull Salzburg and Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt, who is out of work after leaving his job in China.

It had briefly looked like Everton would press ahead with bringing Moyes back once the chances of hiring Pereira had ended, but that was shelved with encouragement that Ancelotti could be secured.

Everton have confirmed that Duncan Ferguson, who has taken the past two games following Silva’s dismissal, will remain in charge of the team for the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Leicester City.

The Telegraph, London

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